Dental practices, like any modern business, need computers. But at $900 per unit on average, personal computers are not a low-cost investment at all. When you consider the fact that you need several units for tasks like record-keeping and patient management, among others, you’d have to allocate several thousand dollars just to build a functional business IT system. There is, however, a more cost-effective and scalable alternative — rent your hardware instead of downright buying them.
Hardware rental, also known as Hardware-as-a-Rental (HaaR), is a service offered by managed services providers (MSPs) and other vendors. It’s exactly what its name denotes — instead of an upfront purchase, you pay a fixed and much smaller amount for specific hardware for your business. HaaR is a convenient solution that takes much of the guesswork out of planning and building your dental practice’s IT infrastructure. Its benefits include:
#1. Cost savings
High-quality dental tools and equipment are anything but cheap, but as a dentist, you simply cannot cut costs at your patients’ expense. The pay-as-you-go nature of HaaR chops your computer investment into smaller and more manageable operational expenses, allowing you to focus your finances on your tools and other factors that matter just as much, if not more, to your practice.
#2. Updated tech
As business applications get better through the years, they also tend to require greater computing power for optimal performance. This makes computer upgrades extremely important, but they are neither easy nor inexpensive. Sometimes, you’ll need to invest in a new set of equipment and incorporate these into your existing IT infrastructure. If you don’t have an in-house IT department, you’ll have to go through the trouble of looking for a third party who will do this for you.
With HaaR, the MSP is responsible for ensuring that all their machines are in the best condition to run the software your dental practice needs. Because of this, they are compelled to upgrade or replace your tech when needed, often at no additional cost.
#3. Proactive maintenance
Regular and proactive maintenance is vital to a hitch-free IT system. A dedicated IT team can do this for you, but what if your small dental practice cannot handle or afford such a department?
With HaaR, maintenance is part of your agreement with the MSP. Their team will fix any hardware issue, often before it’s big enough to disrupt your operations, and ensure that your IT system is in top condition.
#4. Better security
As a provider of healthcare, your practice needs to abide by regulations, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), aimed at protecting your patients’ information from theft and loss. Non-compliance can lead to severe repercussions for your dental practice, such as a damaged reputation.
HaaR improves your security and keeps you compliant by ensuring that your IT infrastructure is comprised of only the newest and most secure machines, as older computers may be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats.
#5. Impressive scalability
Over time, your dental practice is sure to change in terms of size, demand, and the variety of services you offer. All aspects of your business operations, including your IT infrastructure, must adapt to these changes.
With HaaR, you can quickly and easily increase or decrease the number of computers in your office as needed. Should you offer a service that requires new hardware, the MSP will take care of finding and integrating the machine you need into your infrastructure.
Pact-One Solutions offers computer rental and IT solutions specialized for the dental industry. Learn how our services can give you peace of mind and help augment the efficiency of your dental practice by contacting us today!